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The American version of Absolutely Fabulous has begun filming, and the first on-set photos are none too promising.
While Kathryn Hahn looks pretty spot-on (Edina isn’t too difficult to do correctly), Kristen Johnson as Patsy is a disaster. A good chunk of Patsy’s character was made up in her ever present beehive hairdo. Simply pulling up the character’s hair and securing it with clips doesn’t cut it. True, this is a behind-the-scenes type shot, but it doesn’t look like she’s been prepped for a wig.
Also, Patsy in tights? Um… no. Highly doubtful.
What worries me even more is this quote from a recent interview with Kristen Johnson:
I mean, it’s a totally different element, it’s a totally different show. We don’t smoke, we are hungover all the time, we chew Nicorette, we’re trying to be more PC, but I think it really works.
AbFab… PC… these two things should never coexist in even that same universe let alone the same paragraph. And, yes, I know smoking is about the most out of fashion thing in the universe these days, but if two characters ever needed to smoke, it’s these two. Even back in the early 1990’s, when the British version of the show aired, smoking was out of style, and it was one of the main props that always told you, without anyone having to say a word, just how out of touch with the rest of the world these women were. It wasn’t about the actual smoking so much as it was their total lack of consideration for everyone around them.
I’m sure I will check this out if this ever makes it on the air (right now it is still just a pilot), but I can easily see this being yet another casualty in the long line of failed British import series to American television.
(Photo credit to the Daily Mail)